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"Gotta Be Me"
Gotta Be Me
Season 2
Episode 22
Written By David Smithyman
Directed By Ken Whittingham
Production Code 2AXT22
Air Date May 10, 2016
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Gotta Be Me is the twenty-second episode of season 2 of Fresh off the Boat, and the thirty-fifth episode overall. It aired on May 10, 2016.

Synopsis

Emery is getting bullied because the other kids are going through puberty without him and Louis helps him become popular at school again. Jessica wants to be a fun mom in front of Eddie.

Plot

Jessica and Eddie Story

The episode begins with Louis trying to rent a movie, but then he is told that he has outstanding fees for late rental movies. Louis then demands his family to confess which one of them did so, but none of them would, then he claims he won't get angry, he's just curious over who's been using his membership card at the video store.

Then, Eddie asks Jessica to sign a permission slip for a field trip, but Jessica refuses to let him go, making Eddie angry, but now he's even angrier at his mom, since the field trip meant a lot of sentiment to him and he's already mad at her for the way she has treated him during the course of the show. Jessica then asserts to Honey that she's proud of refusing Eddie the field trip, and Honey compliments Jessica for not doing so, then reveals the field trip is for Colonial Floridatowne, that details the history and lifestyles of the earliest Europeans who arrived in the United States. Honey complains that Colonial Floridatowne is boring and mediocre, but then Jessica objects that it is very respectful to history and she believes it is very much parallel to the way she lives, so not only does she immediately sign Eddie up for the field trip, but tags along.

Jessica then dons a new personality, being more positive and energetic, and decides to have Eddie and his friends go on a separate route when they are at Colonial Floridatowne. Eddie's friends praise Jessica for being so fun, and even Eddie agrees, but then he suddenly snaps at Jessica that she could have been Fun Mom this whole time, storming off deciding that Jessica won't be Fun Mom anymore now that the field trip's over. Jessica is dejected, but then lectures Eddie that she can't be Fun Mom all the time, or else her sons won't do their homework or focus on school. Eddie accepts this, and the episode ends with Eddie teaching Jessica how to play Mario Brothers.

Louis and Emery Story

In the subplot, Louis searches for who's been using his membership card to rent movies that are all about masculinity, especially since all the movies' VHS covers are filled with muscular shirtless men. Louis then suspects it's Jessica and tries making himself more appealing, but then waits at nighttime to catch who's been hiding all those movies. It turns out to be Emery. Louis then decides that Emery wants to be more masculine to match his friends since he and his friends are going through puberty. Louis encourages Emery to use more assertive language, but with this kind of propaganda from his dad, Emery gets into a fight at school and beaten up badly with a black eye. Louis denies having any fault of this when Emery blames him, but then his mom claims that Louis is a sycophant, having too often shouted cheers for specific teams or causes to make people like him in crowds, pointing out to flashbacks at his restaurant. Louis realizes that he shouldn't do this anymore, especially since he didn't even know or care what team he is cheering for, he just wanted people to like him, and goes to apologize to Emery.

Cast

Main Cast

Guest Stars

  • Ray Wise as Marvin Ellis
  • Matt Bennett as Corey
  • Maria Bamford as Principal Thomas

Trivia

  • This is the third episode where Grandma gives moral advice to shame Louis into improvement, a method known as satire. The first is "Fajita Man" and the second is "Rent Day".

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Continuity

External links

Episodes
Fresh off the Boat: Season One
Pilot Home Sweet Home-School The Shunning Success Perm
Episode 1
"Pilot"
Episode 2
"Home Sweet Home-School"
Episode 3
"The Shunning"
Episode 4
"Success Perm"
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Episode 5
"Persistent Romeo"
Episode 6
"Fajita Man"
Episode 7
"Showdown at the Golden Saddle"
Episode 8
"Phillip Goldstein"
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Episode 9
"License to Sell"
Episode 10
"Blind Spot"
Episode 11
"Very Superstitious"
Episode 12
"Dribbling Tiger, Bounce Pass Dragon"
So Chineez
Episode 13
So Chineez
Fresh off the Boat: Season Two
Family Business Trip Boy 2 Man Shaquille O Neal Motors The Fall ball Dance
Episode 1
"Family Business Trip"
Episode 2
"Boy II Man"
Episode 3
"Shaquille O'Neal Motors"
Episode 4
"The Fall Ball"
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Episode 5
"Miracle on Dead Street"
Episode 6
"Good Morning Orlando"
Episode 7
"The Big 1-2"
Episode 8
"Huangsgiving"
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Episode 9
"We Done Son"
Episode 10
"The Real Santa"
Episode 11
"Year of the Rat"
Episode 12
"Love and Loopholes"
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Episode 13
"Phil's Phaves"
Episode 14
"Michael Chang Fever"
Episode 15
"Keep 'Em Separated"
Epsiode 16
"Tight Two"
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Episode 17
"Doing it Right"
Episode 18
"Week in Review"
Episode 19
"Jessica Place"
Episode 20
"Hi, My Name Is ..."
Rent Day Gotta Be Me The Manchurian Dinner Date Bring the Pain
Episode 21
"Rent Day"
Episode 22
"Gotta Be Me"
Episode 23
"The Manchurian Dinner Date"
Episode 24
"Bring the Pain"
Fresh off the Boat: Season Three
Episode 1
"Coming From America"
Episode 2
"Breaking Chains"
Episode 3
"Louisween"
Episode 4
"Citizen Jessica"
Episode 5
"No Thanks-giving"
Episode 6
"WWJD: What Would Jessica Do?"
Episode 7
"The Taming of the Dads"
Episode 8
"Where are the Giggles?"
Episode 9
"How to Be an American"
Episode 10
"The Best of Orlando"
Episode 11
"Clean Slate"
Episode 12
"Sisters Without Subtext"
Episode 13
"Neighbors with Attitude"
Episode 14
"The Gloves Are Off"
Episode 15
"Living While Eddie"
Episode 16
"Gabby Goose"
Episode 17
"The Flush"
Episode 18
"Time to Get Ill"
Episode 19
"Driving Miss Jenny"
Episode 20
"The Masters"
Episode 21
"Pie vs. Cake"
Episode 22
"This Is Us"
Episode 23
"This Isn't Us"
Fresh off the Boat – Season Four
Episode 1
"B as in Best Friends"
Episode 2
"First Day"
Episode 3
"Kids"
Episode 4
"It's a Plastic Pumpkin, Louis Huang"
Episode 5
"Four Funerals and a Wedding"
Episode 6
"A League of Her Own"
Episode 7
"The Day After Thanksgiving"
Episode 8
"The Vouch"
Episode 9
"Slide Effect"
Episode 10
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Episode 11
"Big Baby"
Episode 12
"Liar Liar"
Episode 13
"The Car Wash"
Episode 14
"A Man to Share the Night With"
Episode 15
"We Need to Talk About Evan"
Episode 16
"Ride the Tiger"
Episode 17
"Let Me Go, Bro"
Episode 18
"Measure Twice, Cut Once"
Episode 19
"King in the North"
Fresh off the Boat – Season Five
Episode 1
"Fresh Off the RV"
Episode 2
"The Hand that Sits the Cradle"
Episode 3
"Working the 'Ween"
Episode 4
"Driver's Eddie"
Episode 5
"Mo' Chinese Mo' Problems"
Episode 6
"Sub Standard"
Episode 7
"Where Have All the Cattlemen Gone?"
Episode 8
"Cousin Eddie"
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